A 30-year-old teacher arrested
Police have arrested a 30-year-old teacher for Child Grooming, as well as Supply, Expose and Display an article of pornographic material to a child.
Reports indicate that the mother of a 14-year-old girl was at home on Tuesday, 5 November, when she entered her daughter’s bedroom. Upon entering the room, the mother noticed a cell phone that she had never bought for her daughter. The cell phone was placed under a pillow.
The child was then confronted by her mother about the person who bought her the cell phone. The daughter eventually admitted that a 30-year-old man, who is believed to be the educator at a school the child attends, bought it for her.
Out of curiosity, the mother went through the cell phone and discovered pornographic pictures that were exchanged between the teacher and the minor. The police were immediately contacted and two cases were opened in this regard. The Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, has welcome the arrest of the suspect and expressed his disappointment on the disgusting actions displayed by this man. “As a society we cannot allow such men of his calibre to prey on our innocent children like this one. Children go to school to learn so that they are well equipped to face the future. If adults, that have been tasked with a huge responsibility to look after kids, turn against them, then our future is doomed,” he said.
General Zuma further made a call to parents and members of the community to always be vigilant when it comes to children. Parents should be more involved in their children’s well-being and this will enable them to detect things earlier in case there is something unusual taking place.
The man was arrested on Tuesday 19 November. He was charged and appeared in the Kabokweni Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 20 November, where he was remanded in custody for a formal bail application.
Police are busy with investigations and the possibilities of adding more charges are eminent.
Ten suspects arrested for over R600 million tender fraud
In a continuous effort to root out malfeasance in Government, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has arrested ten suspects, aged between 34 and 60, in the early hours of Thursday, 21 November. The simultaneous intelligence driven raids took place in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal by a multi-disciplinary team which included Crime Intelligence and SAPS detectives. The operation followed a complaint by the National Treasury after it transpired that the suspects allegedly colluded in accessing the Amathole District Municipality funds through flaunting of procurement processes afterwards they were awarded a contract for ventilated improved toilets in the Eastern Cape. The Hawks’ preliminary investigation discovered that over R 600 million was to be awarded for the contract, of which R 286 million has already been paid to the suspects. All ten (10) suspects appeared in the East London Magistrate’s court on Friday, 22 November, on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA). Asset Forfeiture processes are underway. The outstanding collaboration with the office of the Director Public Prosecutions in the Eastern Cape made it possible for the case to proceed.
The Acting National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata has applauded the team for the arrests. “This development is most welcome in our greater fight against corruption to ensure that clean and credible governance prevails. We will stop at nothing to ensure that corrupt perpetrators, be it in the private sector or government, are brought to book,” she said.
Police commissioner warns livestock owners to be vigilant this time of the year
Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, urged the public, especially those who own livestock, to be vigilant during this festive season. The warning of General Zuma comes when police are readily geared up and in full swing to deal drastically with those who break the law whether within or outside the service. Police have gone all out to intensify their efforts in turning the tide against lawlessness this festive season as always. “This is a period whereby perpetrators target, amongst others, owners of livestock. These kinds of suspects usually sell their stolen stock to people who are disparately in need of meat for festivities. Any crime committed, including stock theft, will be dealt with thoroughly without fear or favour even if it means arresting some of our own,” General Zuma said.
The unwavering warning by the General came after the arrest of five suspects for stock theft which were effected between 2 and 21 November. Amongst these suspects is a police Sergeant identified as 45-year-old Anthony Ronnie. The others were 32-year-old Chris Ndoyi, 26-year-old Yanga Singangayi and a 53-year-old teacher, John Moses Twala, who was nabbed with 56-year-old Vusi Fani Mavuso. The arrest of Sergeant Anthony Ronnie happened after information was provided to SAPS by members of the public. Reports indicated that on 2 November members of the Crime Intelligence and Stock Theft Unit followed information received about four suspected stolen cattle that were to be transported as well as auctioned in Gauteng.
Upon arrival, police found the suspect driving his private pick up. The vehicle was stopped and searched by the members wherein four cattle were discovered loaded on a trailer. The cattle were seized whilst the suspect was detained.
During further investigation, police discovered that the cattle were stolen in the Tweefontein area from two different kraals. Two separate cases were found to have been opened in this regard and the cattle were identified and handed back to the lawful owners.
In addition, the arrest of Ndoyi and Singangayi came after police received information on Thursday, 14 November, from community members about two males who were rearing stock and kept it in a kraal at Pieterskraal.
Police swiftly acted on the information which led them to the address where Ndoyi and Singangayi were. The two were found with 18 cattle, suspected to have been stolen. Clarity was sought with regard to the ownership of the stock but no reasonable answer could be provided by the two suspects.